Entrepreneur and Who's Who honoree to speak on home healthcare

Posted November 05, 2012

On Tuesday, November 13, April Anthony ('89), founder and CEO of healthcare provider Encompass Home Health, will speak on campus as part of the Griggs Center Entrepreneur Speaker Series.

If anyone understands entrepreneurship, it's this COBA graduate. Last month, Anthony was honored as "Who's Who in Healthcare" in the Dallas Business Journal. She also received Ernst & Young's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2006 based on her creative and innovative approach to home health care.

Anthony graduated from ACU's College of Business Administration in 1989 before joining Price Waterhouse as a CPA. In 1992, she started her first company, Liberty Health Services.

She launched her second venture, Encompass Home Health and Homecare Homebase, in 1998. The company now has over eighty home care branches and thirty well-respected agencies with $250 million in annual revenues with locations across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Oregon.

"Through Encompass Home Health, we are changing the way homecare and hospice services are delivered across the nation," Anthony is quoted as saying in a recent industry publication. "We were the first company to offer a complete point-of-care solution on a mobile device back in 2003, when data services were very limited. As a result, we are facilitating the delivery and proper documentation of care at the bedside for over 140,000 patients a day."

Anthony will speak as part of the Entrepreneur Speaker Series, which brings entrepreneurs to ACU’s campus to share their entrepreneurial journey, discuss current issues facing entrepreneurs, and engage in discussions with students. Past speakers include Blake Mycoskie (Founder, Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes), Jessica Jackley (Co-Founder of Kiva.org), and William E. (Bill) Greehey (Founder of Valero Energy and Chairman of NuStar Energy).

Anthony will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center. Registration is open to students, faculty and the public.

Register for the event here.

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